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One of Mariska Hargitay’s castmates from Law and Order: SVU says the actress — who recently suffered a collapsed lung — was looking "strong as an ox" on her first day back on set yesterday.

OK! talked to Stephanie March only hours after she’d watched Mariska shoot her first scenes since being released from hospital following a sledding accident during the holidays.

"She’s great!" said Stephanie, who is married to chef Bobby Flay, at a screening party for HBO’s Flight of the Conchords Monday night.

"She’s strong as an ox — she’s perfect," she said of the actress who plays Det. Olivia Benson on the NBC crime drama.

Stephanie, who plays Alexandra Cabot, joked that while Mariska had been battling with the injury, her friends had faced their own challenge: what to send the highest paid TV actress as a ‘get well’ gift.

"You know, it’s hard to give something to a woman who has everything," complained Stephanie. "But her birthday was on Friday so I sent her a birthday cake," she said.

Filming was put on hold last week while Mariska was in hospital, but her rep has promised that she wouldn’t miss any episodes of the show.


By Oliver Coleman

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